Washington County FFA member Tyler Nelson was recognized as the State Star in Ag Placement, one of the association’s top honors, during the virtual 92nd Kansas FFA Convention, May 27-29, 2020.
Each year, the Kansas FFA Association recognizes three FFA members who have the top Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs with the Star Farmer, Star in Agribusiness, and Star in Ag Placement awards. The Star competitions are sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of Kansas, United Bank, and Trust and Kansas Farm Bureau.
Nelson’s SAE is in Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication. He works at Prairie Road Iron in Linn. His job includes welding to fabricate custom bumpers for trucks and skid loader attachments. He also designs and builds panels and gates for local farmers. Nelson has taken his skills to learn how to read blueprints for custom projects.
Tyler is the son of Craig and Darcy Nelson. His FFA chapter advisor is John Kern. The district star winners who were finalists for the state Star in Ag Placement honor were: East Central District: Will Glotzbach, Wabaunsee; Northeast District: Kucan Holton, Holton; Northwest District: Andrew Foote, Hoxie; South Central District: Laura Doll, Renwick; Southeast District: James Osburn, Sedan; Southwest District: Luis Ramos, Hugoton.